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Possible mulch blower death?

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by LawnMowerBoy48, Nov 16, 2005.

  1. LawnMowerBoy48

    LawnMowerBoy48 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 136

    When I first heard this story yesterday from a friends sister I thought it must have been a wood chipper accident. I just read and watched the news story on it and it actually does look like a mulch blower truck in the video. My only guess would be that he was inside the mulch box and got pulled into the machines workings. Sad to hear about this I see the companys trucks on campus here a lot.

  2. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Posts: 8,745

    that is sad to hear
  3. LawnMowerBoy48

    LawnMowerBoy48 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 136

    One of my professors gave us some more details on the accident. It was a woodchipper that he was killed by. Not a mulch blower which I thought it might have been due to the video. The guy was chipping logs and went to push one in with his foot and got pulled in. He normally worked on a mow crew but wanted to do tree work to make more money.
  4. Jim Buessing

    Jim Buessing LawnSite Member
    Posts: 53

    That must have REALLY hurt!
  5. mulcahy mowing

    mulcahy mowing LawnSite Senior Member
    from ma
    Posts: 721

    ooooooooowwww ouch
  6. JS Landscaping

    JS Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 187

    It is a tragedy. Happens with more frequency then you would expect. Happend in my area over the summer. We were working across the street from a tree company doing a pretty standard removal. Owner was up in the tree limbing and toping it, groundsman was feeding the chipper. Chipper jammed and so he decided to kick the jammed log to clear it. Was pulled through feet first. Horrible way to go. Our prayers go out to his family.

  7. Gilla Gorilla

    Gilla Gorilla LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 923

    Man that sucks. I help a buddy of mine out some days when I am slow running his wood chipper and that thing is something that needs to be respected and pay attention to at all times.
  8. HighGrass

    HighGrass LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Z5 MA
    Posts: 1,237

    You might want to check your source. He was atop a mulch blower trying to get the hopper unplugged.
  9. HighGrass

    HighGrass LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Z5 MA
    Posts: 1,237

    Actually, the guy was on top of the hopper when the machine was off. He was trying to free some of the material by kicking it etc. The operator on the ground then thought he heard the guy on top give the "ok" and started the mahcine. The rest is history.

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